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Kathryn "Bitta" (Underwood) Kirchner

May 15, 1926 ~ September 11, 2017 (age 91)

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Graveside Service
September 15, 2017

2:00 PM
Lakeview Cemtery
Bailey Avenue
South Haven, MI 49090

Kathryn “Bitta” Kirchner, 91, of South Haven, passed away Monday, September 11, 2017 at her home under the care of Caring Circle Hospice. She was born May 15, 1926 to Pat and Charlotte Underwood in Covert, Michigan. Kathryn graduated with the South Haven High School Class of 1944. She formerly owned the Rose Villa Bar for several years with her former husband, Doc Kirchner. She was a member of the First Congregational Church UCC in South Haven.  Bitta was also a member of the VFW, American Legion and the Loyal Order of the Moose.  She helped with many veteran memorial services by playing taps.

She is preceded in death by two sons – Robert Roy and Timothy Lee Kirchner, and siblings – Shirley Overhuel, and Ben and Harold Underwood.

Kathryn is survived by her loving companion of 27 years – John Lammert of South Haven, daughter – Sue (Carl) Olsen, two grandchildren – Jody (Paul) Sanford of Bozeman, Montana and Jason Olsen of Maui, Hawaii, and two great grandchildren – Owen and Sara Sanford.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, September 15, 2017 with Rev. Jeffrey S. Dick officiating at the Lakeview Cemetery in South Haven. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Kathryn’s memory to the South Haven VFW Post 667, 1070 S. Bailey Avenue, South Haven, Michigan 49090 or Caring Circle Hospice at Home, 05055 Blue Star Highway, South Haven, Michigan 49090. Kindly share your thoughts and memories on the family’s online guestbook at

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